News Highlights

Erden Eruç (BU ’83) is an adventurer who became the first person in history to complete an entirely solo and entirely human-powered circumnavigation. His most recent project is named Journey to Peace: rowing solo across the ocean, from New York to Çanakkale, entirely on his own power, with the aim of commemorating the 101st anniversary of the Battle of Çanakkale. His Journey to Peace started from New York on May 24, and is planned to end in Çanakkale in February 2016.
Boğaziçi University’s Institute of Environmental Sciences is working on significant projects aimed at making use of algae as a source of food and alternative energy, and improving the quality of water. Leading such research is Associate Professor Berat Zeki Haznedaroğlu, a young scientist who has returned to Turkey within the framework of TUBİTAK’s “Returning Researchers Program” and is continuing his research at Boğaziçi University.

Prof. Üstün Ergüder Writes About the Stormy Waters of Higher Education and Boğaziçi University

 “I am not young enough to know everything.”  These words of Oscar Wilde’s, displayed on Ergüder’s office wall, greet his visitors.

Inspired by the idea of being able to play ‘makam’ music on the guitar, B.U. alum Dr. Tolgahan Çoğulu designed an “adjustable microtonal guitar.” A former guitar player in the group Kardeş Türküler, Çoğulu is currently the Assistant Director of Istanbul Technical University’s Turkish Music State Conservatory Musical Performance Department. We talked with him about his musical journey and the microtonal guitar he developed.
Michael Taussig, the well-known Australian anthropologist and writer who introduced a new language to the world of philosophy through his unusual stage expression, gave a talk in front of a packed audience as part of Boğaziçi Chronicles, Boğaziçi University’s international guest program.
Boğaziçi University and residents of Istanbul have a new movie theater! Built as part of Boğaziçi University’s cultural activities infrastructure, SineBU raised its curtain on May 2 in cooperation with Başka Sinema.
Boğaziçi University students represented Turkey at the 8th annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) Summit held in Miami on March 6-8, 2015.
Boğaziçi University’s Kilyos Sarıtepe Campus Sports Complex opened its doors to sports lovers on April 5 with a colorful event. Boğaziçi students took on the Boğaziçi Alumni team in a basketball game. Among the players of the Alumni team were Dr. Cevdet Akçay, Chief Economist of Yapı Kredi Bank, Kemal Dinçer and Serdar Koçyiğit, former professional basketball players, and Mustafa Gülser, Human Resources Director at SONY Turkey.
The Tsunami Observation and Monitoring Center Building, part of the National Earthquake Monitoring Institute (UDIM) of the Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute, became the second building at Boğaziçi University to receive the Leed “Gold” Certificate.
In recognition of his contributions to mathematics, the Mathematics Foundation of Turkey gave the 2014 Körezlioğlu Research Award to Associate Professor Atilla Yılmaz of Boğaziçi University’s Department of Mathematics.

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